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English 'pull own teeth' as Dental Service Decays
Mail & Guardian Online & AFP ^ | 15 October 2007 | AFP

Posted on 10/15/2007 4:34:04 AM PDT by TruthFactor

Falling numbers of state dentists in England has led to some people taking extreme measures, including extracting their own teeth, according to a new study released Monday.

Others have used superglue to stick crowns back on, rather than stumping up for private treatment, said the study. One person spoke of carrying out 14 separate extractions on himself with pliers.

More typically, a lack of publicly-funded dentists means that growing numbers go private: 78 percent of private patients said they were there because they could not find a National Health Service (NHS) dentist, and only 15 percent because of better treatment.

"This is an uncomfortable read for all of us, and poses serious questions to politicians from patients," said Sharon Grant of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.

Overall, six percent of patients had resorted to self-treatment, according to the survey of 5,000 patients in England, which found that one in five had decided against dental work because of the cost.

One researcher involved in compiling the study -- carried out by members of England's Patient and Public Involvement Forums -- came across three people in one morning who had pulled out teeth themselves.

Fifty-eight percent said new dentists' contracts introduced last year had made the quality of care worse, while 84 percent thought they had failed to make it easier for patients to find care.

Almost half of all dentists -- 45 percent -- said they no longer take NHS patients, while 41 percent said they had an "excessive" workload. Twenty-nine percent said their clinic had problems recruiting or retaining dentists.

"These findings indicate that the NHS dental system is letting many patients down very badly," said Grant.

"It appears many are being forced to go private because they don't want to lose their current trusted and respected dentist or because they just can't find a local NHS dentist."


TOPICS: United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dental; dentistry; failure; healthcare; hillarycare; medicine; socialized; socializedmedicine; taxes
We need to fight against this tooth and nail!!!!(pun intended)
1 posted on 10/15/2007 4:34:10 AM PDT by TruthFactor
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To: TruthFactor

Notice that they don’t mention why the dentists are going private. My guess is because they’re tired of dealing with the socialist medicine bureaycracy.


2 posted on 10/15/2007 4:43:48 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Slapshot68
Notice that they don’t mention why the dentists are going private.

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M-O-N-E-Y.

3 posted on 10/15/2007 4:46:37 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: TruthFactor
The dentists are the leading edge of the trend. Since the are the most flexible of providers with low barriers to entry, a private system of dentists is evolving quickly.

But the rest of the UK medical establishment will follow. In twenty years, the UK will have universal substandard care, but anybody with two nickels to rub together is going to pay whatever it takes to get into expensive private-run programs.

It will be the worst of all possible worlds, with productive Britains having both a crushing tax burden and a crushing insurance burden. But what else can you do? Stand in line to wait for the Defibrillator?

4 posted on 10/15/2007 4:50:04 AM PDT by gridlock (C'mon people now / Smile on your Brother / Everybody get together / Try to love one anoth-kaBOOM!)
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To: TruthFactor

Another glimpse of Socialized Medicine.


5 posted on 10/15/2007 4:54:15 AM PDT by RoadTest (The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in)
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To: gridlock
This is the result of the socialist power grab strategy of “class warfare”. Socialism doesn’t improve the situation of the poor, it just grows and spreads misery more evenly among all.
6 posted on 10/15/2007 5:04:28 AM PDT by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations... pornography, homosexuality, abortion)
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To: Eaker

HG ping


7 posted on 10/15/2007 5:07:31 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: TruthFactor

No wonder the British have such bad looking teeth.


8 posted on 10/15/2007 5:21:29 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220
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To: TruthFactor

American voters; please take note of the failure of socialized medicine.


9 posted on 10/15/2007 5:22:04 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: TruthFactor

Coming soon to the USA courtesy of Hillarycare.


10 posted on 10/15/2007 5:24:49 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: TruthFactor

Yay for nationalized healthcare!!


11 posted on 10/15/2007 5:28:48 AM PDT by GlennBeck08
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To: TruthFactor

The majority of American voters want a Socialist government - the 2006 election proves it.

This is what they want, therefore this is what they shall get. But, their intentions are good.


12 posted on 10/15/2007 5:30:46 AM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: ontap
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13 posted on 10/15/2007 5:44:28 AM PDT by randita
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To: Slapshot68

Notice that they don’t mention why the dentists are going private. My guess is because they’re tired of dealing with the socialist medicine bureaycracy.

Hiltlery has a better plan, dontcha know. We will be removing our own organs by the time it’s over. Ah, Hillary cares.


14 posted on 10/15/2007 5:51:13 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: TruthFactor

“English ‘pull own teeth’ as Dental Service Decays”

Wrong headline. It should read:

“English ‘pull own teeth’ as Great Nation Decays”


15 posted on 10/15/2007 6:18:18 AM PDT by live+let_live
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To: TruthFactor

Another one to squirrel away for future use against Dims I know.


16 posted on 10/15/2007 6:22:11 AM PDT by SengirV
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To: TruthFactor

Sounds like a great opportunity to sell a ‘Do It Yourself’ dental kit!


17 posted on 10/15/2007 6:23:23 AM PDT by Voltage
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To: TruthFactor

Why is it that we never hear the Republicans pointing out the flaws of socialized medicine? Where are the commercials supporting our side? The Republican party is the most politically incompetant group I know.


18 posted on 10/15/2007 6:33:02 AM PDT by Hacklehead (I'm not here to make friends.)
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To: TruthFactor

Doesn’t matter.

The politicians have no reason to listen to them. The English are unarmed.


19 posted on 10/15/2007 7:49:26 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: TruthFactor

20 posted on 10/15/2007 7:55:08 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Hacklehead

I forget which candidate got quite a laugh in the last debate when he said if Hillarycare went into effect here, then Canadians would have nowhere to go for medical treatment.


21 posted on 10/15/2007 4:52:17 PM PDT by Kellis91789 (Liberals aren't atheists. They worship government -- including human sacrifices.)
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To: TruthFactor
Americans healthcare services are already tiered. Most folks have health insurance and make the most of it. If you have insurance and want a Doctor who will KNOW you; pay up an additional annual fee of about $1,500 for a “concierge” service like MDVIP. Doctors in this type practice will see you any time without the BS.

There are certainly higher thresholds and frankly they are worth every penny.

22 posted on 10/15/2007 5:06:55 PM PDT by Broker (Mabuhay!)
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To: Hacklehead
The Republicans are in favor of nationalized health care - it will relieve their client big business of the ever burdensome health care coverage they've been providing employees and retirees with.

So you have dimocraps in love with socialism paired with pubbies looking to benefit their clients. A win-win for the political class.

23 posted on 10/15/2007 5:10:14 PM PDT by GregoryFul (is a bear a bomb in a bull?)
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To: TruthFactor

"Under my National Healthcare Plan - pulling your own teeth will be
punishable by no less than 5 years in Federal Prison."

24 posted on 10/16/2007 7:14:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: TruthFactor

Yes, Americans, you TOO can pull your own teeth and use superglue on cavaties with HILLARYCARE and government socialized medicene. This is exactly what happens.


25 posted on 10/16/2007 9:04:16 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: TruthFactor

“We need to fight against this tooth and nail!!!!(pun intended)”

I think I’ll go for “with hammer and tongs” on this one!


26 posted on 10/16/2007 9:07:35 AM PDT by VOA
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To: TruthFactor

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27 posted on 10/16/2007 9:07:42 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: wtc911
M-O-N-E-Y.

Surely that can't be the reason I met plenty of ex-pat Canadian-trained
doctors at UCLA and USC.

Everyone knows all doctors are about caring. Not filthy lucre.

(/SARC)

And as cynical as I am, I do admit a fair number of physicians
are really smart people doing a really tough job for just reasonable pay.

I owe my life to some of those MDs.

And some of my needless suffering to their slow-witted twins.
28 posted on 10/16/2007 9:11:57 AM PDT by VOA
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To: SkyPilot
"Under my National Healthcare Plan - pulling your own teeth will be
punishable by no less than 5 years in Federal Prison."


I fear you probably are actually "channeling" the soul of Hillary! Clinton.
29 posted on 10/16/2007 9:13:43 AM PDT by VOA
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